PhD Position within The Field of Higher Education and University Pedagogy

Trondheim, Norway
May 20, 2020
End of advertisement period
Jun 15, 2020
Academic Discipline
Social Sciences, Education
Contract Type
Full Time

About the position

The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning, Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences, is looking for a candidate to fill a vacancy for a 3-year fully funded PhD position within the field of higher education and university pedagogy.

The candidate will be a part of the project Future Campus, together with Phd candidates at the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies of Culture, and The Department of Architecture and Planning. NTNU’s R&D-program “Campus of the Future”, is financing, initiating and compiling research relevant for NTNU’s campus development, as well as for other, major public development projects. In addition, the Campus of the Future will facilitate cooperation between various disciplines and researchers, to build a highly competent research community specializing in fields such as project management, the academic workplace, teaching facilities, and organization development.

The purpose of this PhD project, “Space, place and Identity”, is to explore how learning spaces  both physical and virtual are transformed into places for learning by teachers and students, and how such places afford or constrain university students’ professional identity development. It is the process through which students and educators assign meaning and purpose to learning spaces that create places for learning allowing students, educators, and other actors at various levels to work together, act out different roles relevant to their disciplinary field, reflect on relevant concepts and problems, and support each other in their learning processes.

Using a discursive perspective on identity, the project will emphasize how interactions, activities, and contexts shape and form identities. In addition, ideas from human geography about spaces and places will be used to connect identity development to physical and digital structures in higher education. The successful candidate will develop research questions that lie at the intersection between space, place and identity and the idea is that the project will draw on a range of methods for data collection, including sensor data from different learning spaces at NTNU, interviews, observations, and surveys. To address the research question a mixed methods research approach is proposed, leveraging qualitative analysis to explore participants’ experiences, and quantitative analysis to determine differences, similarities, and correlations in larger populations.

The successful candidate will be a part of the Uniped (University Pedagogy) research group and also be part of a stimulating research environment at the Department of Education and Lifelong Learning with over 20 PhD students in different fields of pedagogy and lifelong learning.

Duties of the position

  • Research

Required selection criteria

The PhD-position's main objective is to qualify for work in research positions. The main qualification requirement is that you have completed a master’s degree or second degree (equivalent to 120 credits) in a field relevant to the project with a grade of B or better in terms of NTNU’s grading scale or an equivalent education. Relevant master programs include, but are not limited to pedagogy, adult education, sociology, psychology, human geography, and social anthropology. If you do not have letter grades from previous studies, you must be able to document equivalent academic performance.

If you are unable to meet these criteria you may be considered only if you can document that you are particularly suitable for education leading to a PhD degree.

The appointment is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees and Civil Servants and national guidelines for appointment as PhD, post doctor and research assistant.

NTNU is committed to following evaluation criteria for research quality according to The San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment - DORA.

Additional qualifications

  • Experience from using qualitative research methods
  • Proficiency in spoken and written English
  • Experience from working in interdisciplinary teams

Personal characteristics

  • Proven ability to work independently as well in a scientific team
  • Ability to communicate with people from different disciplines
  • Interest in higher education as a research field
  • In the evaluation of which candidate is best qualified, emphasis will be placed on education, experience and personal suitability.

We offer

Salary and conditions

PhD candidates are remunerated in code 1017, and are normally remunerated at gross from NOK 479 600 per annum before tax, depending on qualifications and seniority. From the salary, 2 % is deducted as a contribution to the Norwegian Public Service Pension Fund.

The period of employment is 3 years. Appointment to a PhD position requires that you are admitted to the PhD program in Educational Science within three months of employment, and that you participate in an organized PhD program during the employment period.

The engagement is to be made in accordance with the regulations in force concerning State Employees, and the acts relating to Control of the Export of Strategic Goods, Services and Technology. Candidates who by assessment of the application and attachment are seen to conflict with the criteria in the latter law will be prohibited from recruitment to NTNU. After the appointment you must assume that there may be changes in the area of work.

It is a prerequisite you can be present at and accessible to the institution on a daily basis.

About the application

The application for this position must include:

  • CV including information relevant for the qualifications and contact information for at least 2 reference persons
  • Certified copies of academic diplomas and transcripts

A research statement (max. 3 pages) including:

  • A short presentation of the motivation for a PhD study
  • Why the applicant is suited for the position
  • The applicant’s view of research challenges for the PhD position, as well as his/her theoretical and methodological approach to the challenges  
  • A short outline how the applicant wants to approach the project including a time plan
  • Applicants from universities outside of Norway are requested to send a diploma supplement (or a similar document) which describes in detail the study and grading system, and the rights for further studies associated with the obtained degree.

The application and supporting documentation to be used as the basis for the assessment must be in English. Please note that applications are only evaluated based on the information available on the application deadline. You should ensure that your application shows clearly how your skills and experience meet the criteria which are set out above.

Joint works will be considered. If it is difficult to identify your contribution to joint works, you must attach a brief description of your participation.

General information

Working at NTNU

A good work environment is characterized by diversity. We encourage qualified candidates to apply, regardless of their gender, functional capacity or cultural background. 

The city of Trondheim is a modern European city with a rich cultural scene. Trondheim is the innovation capital of Norway with a population of 200,000. The Norwegian welfare state, including healthcare, schools, kindergartens and overall equality, is probably the best of its kind in the world. Professional subsidized day-care for children is easily available. Furthermore, Trondheim offers great opportunities for education (including international schools) and possibilities to enjoy nature, culture and family life and has low crime rates and clean air quality.

As an employee at NTNU, you must at all times adhere to the changes that the development in the subject entails and the organizational changes that are adopted.

Information Act (offentleglova), your name, age, position and municipality may be made public even if you have requested not to have your name entered on the list of applicants.

If you have any questions about the position, please contact Assistant Professor Patric Wallin, telephone +47 92097119, email

Please submit your application electronically via with your CV, diplomas and certificates. Applications submitted elsewhere will not be considered. Diploma Supplement is required to attach for European Master Diplomas outside Norway. Chinese applicants are required to provide confirmation of Master Diploma from China Credentials Verification (CHSI).

If you are invited for interview you must include certified copies of transcripts and reference letters. Please refer to the application number SU-468 when applying.

Application deadline: 15.06.2020

NTNU - knowledge for a better world

The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) creates knowledge for a better world and solutions that can change everyday life.

Department of Education and Lifelong Learning

We develop knowledge about the processes of learning and individual development in the interaction between people, the environment and society – in a world where rapid changes demand constant adaptation. Our research and teaching include topics such as childhood, education and working life in a lifelong perspective, and our interdisciplinary environment has roots in both the social and educational sciences. The Department of Education and Lifelong Learning is one of seven departments in the Faculty of Social and Educational Sciences.

Deadline 15th June 2020
Employer NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
Municipality Trondheim
Scope Fulltime
Duration Temporary
Place of service Trondheim